Les Affaires sont les Affaires

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Les Affaires sont les Affaires (1903), a French satire about the big businessman who is a slave to his wealth, by French playwright Octave Mirbeau [1] (1850-1917).

Performance history in South Africa

Translations and adaptations

Zaken zijn Zaken ("Business is Business"). A popular Dutch version of Les Affaires sont les Affaires. The first play which Paul de Groot produced and performed in South Africa (Cape Town, 1924).

In 1928 the Paul de Groot Teatergeselskap produced a successful Afrikaans version of the play under the title Besigheid is Besigheid (January - March 1928, directed by De Groot, featuring Lydia Lindeque and André Huguenet. A somewhat prophetic choice of play: The tour was a fiasco and De Groot lost everything, including his touring bus and Lydia, his paramour) and he repeated it in 1931 with a new company.


Binge, 1969.

Vertolkende Kunste, HSRC, 1972.

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